What risks are associated with blepharoplasty surgery?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is safe in expert hands; however, every surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risk before proceeding. You should discuss any existing medical problems with your surgeon, for instance, patients taking blood thinning agents are at risk of bruising which in certain types of lower eyelid surgery could cause bleeding behind the eye and in the exceptionally rare occasion, blindness. It is wise to avoid any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications for 10 days before surgery as this too can increase the risk of bleeding.
Dry Irritated Eyes - Individuals who normally have dry eyes, may be advised to use special caution in considering Blepharoplasty surgery. If patients do use eye drops before surgery, they are quite likely to be using more afterwards.
Infection – Infection is rare and can be treated with antibiotic eye drops and ointment.
Watery Eye (Epiphora)- the tear ducts normally draining into the nose will temporarily block due to swelling. In addition, the swelling may give a watery appearance to the eye due to fluid under the conjunctiva. This is called Chemosis and may last a week or two.
Ectropion – Swelling after surgery can cause drooping of the lower eyelid and push the eyelid away from the eyeball. This usually settles as the swelling goes down and will be helped by massaging the swelling away from the eye and taping the eyelid upwards onto the eyeball. This can be a problem in the older patient and may be pre-existing to any surgery. There are operative procedures to correct it.
What are the risks associated with blepharoplasty?
As we age, the skin around our eyes starts to lose its elasticity. It is not uncommon to develop eye bags, as our muscles relax, causing the lower eyelids to sag. In addition, our upper eyelids can also start to droop. This effect is often heightened in smokers or those who have had excessive sun exposure.
By combining the optimal choice of treatment with my skills and surgical vision, I am able to create the natural ‘invisible’ finish for my patients. I believe in exceptional one to one care and in taking the journey together from the start to finish.